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New Judge Bid Rejected Report
at 13:35:08

QPR are perfectly entitled to enquire/bid for/sign one of our players during the transfer window, just like we have done with countless playters in the past; that's how the system operates. There is nothing wrong with them wanting him or with him wanting to go, it that is the situation ... whihc I assume it is.
As to why he would want to go, well that makes sense too.
He made his name at Brentford under Warburton, who clearly got the best out of him & played him in a formation that sujited him. Why wouldn't he feel comfortable about working under him again? On top of that QPR are playing in a division higher than us next season & he has already shown that he is certainly a Championship level footballer, at least. Again, that's an attractive proposition for him. And then there is the location. I don't know where he is living now, but it's probbaly fair to assuming that he still has a house relatively close to Griffin Park, which is going to be good for a commute to Loftus Road,
As mentioned above, Warburton didn't join QPR until after Judge signed the new 2 year + 1 year option with us, so there would have been little indication to him, at that time, that such an appealing prospect for him would materialise over the summer. To be fair to Judge, I think he would have signed in all good faith, with the intention to doing all he could to get us back into the Championship asap; but circumstances can change quickly and ultimately the sale of Luke Freeman was the last weather front of a perfect storm in this story.
There's bound to be some clause in his contract that will allow him to leave without the requrement of a multi-million pound bid, so I'd assume we are just holding out now for as much as we can get, and judging (!) by Lambert's comments, he is resigned to losing him.
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Lambert Not Getting Carried Away Despite Five-Star Display
at 00:11:48

The comments on Judge are worrying as QPR have clearly made bids for him & are not gone away yet. He'll probably go, back to London & back to the Championship as it will appeal to him.
Interesting also that Lambert changed his normal line about not paying fees for players to "we can't go and spend silly", suggesting that some level of fee will be acceptable to pay for the right player.
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Colchester United 0-5 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 00:01:51

Norwood is an out & out goal scorer, the kind of finisher we've been crying out for for a few years. He puts himself about too; great signing who will do well for us in Division 1 & hopefully when we're back in the Championship too.
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Kenlock Signs New Blues Deal
at 18:28:17

Interesting timing on this one, given the season long loan signing of Garbutt. Kenlock must have received assurances from Lambert as to his prospects of being in the starting XI. Might also suggest that Lambert has Garbutt in mind for left wing more than left back aa surely he was given some assurances of game time too. Both will expect to play.
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Town Reported to Have Rebuffed QPR Judge Bid
at 11:48:21

I'm not sure it's down to Evans accepting a bid particularly here. Judge signed a deal with us & is clearly happy to be an Ipswich player, even after dropping a division. However, he would of course prefer to play at a higher level, like nearly all players would, & he has no great attachment to us as a club, other than that we took a chance on him after a bad injury. Sometimes we assume than when a player signs he suddenly loves the club, or should love the club, as much as we do.
He knows the manager & that general area of London, so if he has a clause in his contract to leave in the event of X, I think he himself may well be the one to agree the move when QPR offer an appropriate fee.
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Garbutt Loan Signing Confirmed
at 14:23:01

Good.
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Garbutt to Be Confirmed Ahead of Interwetten Cup
at 21:40:08

Can play left back & left wing to a decent level, what's negative about that? Nearly everyone agrees that Kenlock is a decent option at left back, certainly for Division 1 level, but what do we do when he's injured or suspended? We need 2 players for every position. I still think Nydam is going to be a good footballer, but I'm not thrilled at the idea of him being the sole back up option for us at left back, when he's primarily a midfielder. A good signing, and as others say, could be a free full signing for us next season in the Championship, if all goes well.
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Paderborn 3-1 Town - Half-Time
at 15:28:11

If Huws manages to get through 45+ minutes without any injury flare up, it will be the best result we can hope for from today's game.
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Target Mayor at Portman Road
at 22:12:16

I expected Fielding to leave Bristol City, but Millwall ...
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Robins Set High Price for Webster as Villa Bid Turned Down
at 18:16:33

While I've been critical of Paul Hurst & his transfer antics, outs & ins, the sale of Webster was one I could understand from his point of view, even though it was disappointing from a fan's perspective.
Given his injuries/match time with us, not to mention the history of the squad as whole in the treatment room, it was fair to consider the potential value of Webster to the first team against the prospect of immediate income to strengthen his squad (including the presumed capture of Tilt at the time). Obviously things didn't go as planned & Webster, who apparently wanted to leave, had an excellent injury free season. For me, the litany of Hurst's errors came in response to his spending of the Webster money & allowing his experienced Championship forwards to leave without appropriate replacements.
The fee of £3.5m, which has surely risen to £4m - £5m by now, with the prospect for another £3m was not a ridiculous deal between Championship clubs, for a still somewhat unproven player at Championship level, allbeit with some very decent games under his belt & his potential very much recognised. And that's before his injury record is taken into account.
The bit that gets at me though, is this seemingly standard sell on rate of 10% for outgoing players. How come Portsmouth can get us to agree to 20% for Clarke? In this day & age, with massively over-egged fees being paid by Premier League clubs, even the Brightons & Aston Villas, surely we should be resolutely holding out for a 20% sell on clause, particularly for players we know have the potential to play at that level.
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Lambert: Huws Has Worked Hard Over the Summer
at 20:30:15

A fit Emyr Huws playing alongside a fit Bishop & a fit Dozzell, just behind a fit Judge; wouldn't that be awesome!
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Judge: Arm Injury a Six-Weeker
at 18:18:14

Looking forward to seeing Judge link up with Norwood, so it's a pity that they are not getting an early opportunity to gel on the trip to Germany. Lambert would appear to see them playing the roles of Hoolahan & Holt from his Norwich days. It was a very successful formula for him then, so hopefully these two can match or even exceed his expectations, and ours.
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Town Set for Windfall as Clarke Edges Closer to Brighton Move
at 18:19:46

How, in the name of all that is sacred, was Clarke allowed to be valued at £50k in the first place? Always regarded as having a decent future ahead of him.
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Sears Making Good Progress
at 19:44:34

Freddie is a good footballer & can be a goalscoring forward, when played up through the centre alongside a strike partner. That is the case in the Championship & certainly will be in Division 1. Confidence is of course an issue with him, but he's a genuine & hard working professional. I like him & hope we see him back to his best. He'll do his best wherever he plays, but his impact is lessened when out of position.
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Town Confirm Norwood Signing
at 19:48:24

Great news.
Good luck James, hope you keep up the recent scoring record for the next 3+ years.
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Norwood Coy on Future as Tranmere Secure Promotion to League One
at 09:27:20

He was coming out of contract & so was free to speak to other clubs since January. I would expect that the deal is already done, probably since news of our interest broke a few months ago. He's at an age where he chances of playing at his highest possible level are starting to close & despite 2 promotions he knows he won't get into the Championship with Tranmere in the immediate future. This is his time to move.
The Swansea link is more of a concern than Tranmere's playoff win I would suggest, although I still think he has already agreed a contract with us. Lambert would have sold the move to him.
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Clubs Showing Early Interest in Bialkowski
at 16:19:34

Inevitable. £1m is probably as good as we can hope for, following a poor season & our relegation. He wants to go & his contract is invariably unrealistic for a Division 1 club. At least there is interest from multiple clubs.
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U23s Defeat Watford
at 20:25:43

Sounds like we will have 2 young home grown centre halves vying for first team action next season with Chambers & Nsiala. Both Ndaba & Wolfenden have a real chance of making it.
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Ex-Palace Chief Jordan Blasts Blues Owner Evans
at 19:53:46

Jordan is a bit all over the place here, some fair & accurate points, but also a number of misunderstandings about our situation, particularly regarding Mick who was responsible for a fair amount of the club's decline in heart & soul.

Having said that I will always have time for Simon Jordan due to his quick fire response to a journalist outside the High Court, following a successful case taken against Iain Dowie. When asked if Iain Dowie will be appealing, he replied "There's nothing appealing about Iain Dowie!"
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Judge: I've Never Waited This Long For a Goal
at 20:44:51

I can imagine the quality of football on offer with a fully fit midfield diamond of Judge in front of Dozzell & Bishop and Skuse/Downes or ideally a rejuvenated Emyr Huws at the base. An English Division 1 version of Busquets, Xavi, Inesta & Messi if you will ! Kenlock & Emmanuel (or even Donacien) have the pace, strength & youth to play the part of attacking full back, or wingback if we went 3 at the back, giving the width. Will Keane would work well up front with those midfield lads in support & could do it n his own or alongside another striker depending on the numbers at the back. Maybe I'm getting a bit carried away here on the wine.
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